Cam Smith Cashes at 20-1 Odds to Win 150th Open Championship

Cameron Smith The Open

  • Cameron Smith won the 150th Open Championship with brilliant final round of 64 on Sunday.
  • Smith birdied the first five holes of the back-nine in a historic performance.
  • The 28-year old from Australian opened at +5000 odds to win the tournament and closed at +2000 heading to St. Andrews.

The stage was set on Sunday for Rory McIlroy to end his 8-year major championship drought at the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews. Instead, it was Cameron Smith who stole the show and the thunder, with a historic back-nine that enabled him to become a major championship winner.

Smith bested Cameron Young who holed a 15-feet eagle putt on the final hole to take the lead briefly. But after saving par on the 17th hole with a 10-foot putt, Smith tapped in for the birdie on the final hole to finish at 20-under 268 to win the tournament and his first gold major.

Smith Closed at +2000

Smith opened at +5000 when the first odds board for the 2022 Open Championship was released in July 2021. He closed at +2000 to win the tournament and saw his odds move to +800 in Round 2, and +190 in round 3. At four strokes off the lead on Sunday, he was listed at +1400. Smith closed in at +150 to Rory McIlroy’s -5 after four consecutive birdies on the back-nine. He took over as the -110 favorite after his fifth straight birdie.

Meanwhile, it was a sorry loss for McIlroy who saw the Claret Jug slip away from his grasp. McIlroy opened as the +1400 betting favorite last year and traveled to St. Andrew’s as the +1000 odds on favorite to win the tournament. McIlroy was brilliant in the first three rounds as he saw his odds shorten from +333 in round 2, +400 in round 3, and -110 in round 4. After 18 holes on Sunday, he went from first to third in another disappointing finish.

Sunday marked the 17th time that McIlroy finished in the Top 10 in a major golf tournament, the most by any golfer since 2015. During that period, he finished in the Top 5 nine times including three times in four major tournaments played this year. The 33-year-old has now played 8 full seasons without winning a major. But more than McIlroy’s disappointment, Sunday was about how Smith won on Sunday.

Smith Fires Final-Round 64 to Win First Major

Smith carded a final round score of 64 to win his first golf major, the lowest final round score by a champion in the 30 times that golf’s oldest major was held at The Old Course in St. Andrews. He had a back-nine for the ages on Sunday, going six under 20 during that span.

He is the first golfer in the last 20 years to birdie the first five holes of the back-nine of the final round of any golf major. His final score of 20-under par ties in a major golf championship record to par, last accomplished by Dustin Johnson at the 2020 Masters held in November that year. He is also only the fifth golfer to win THE PLAYERS and a major golf championship in the same calendar year.

The win is just another cap in the feather for Smith who has had a historic run in 2022. The 28-year-old from Brisbane, Australia broke the PGA Tour’s 72-hole scoring record by going -34 under at Kapalua. Then Smith also earned the highest winner’s share in PGA history with his $3.6 Million paycheck for winning THE PLAYERS.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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